Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019, 2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

The Meaning of Gong Waning Music Spirituality In The Community Death Ritual of Sikka District

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        author={Katharina  Kojaing},
        title={The Meaning of Gong Waning Music Spirituality In The Community Death Ritual of Sikka District},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019,  2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CONVASH},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={the meaning of spirituality gong waning death rituals},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294937}
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  • Katharina Kojaing
    Year: 2020
    The Meaning of Gong Waning Music Spirituality In The Community Death Ritual of Sikka District
    CONVASH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294937
Katharina Kojaing1,*
  • 1: Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Univesitas Katolik Widya Mandira Kupang, Indonesia
*Contact email: chaterine21@hotmail.com

Abstract

Gong Waning is an ethnic instrument from Sikka Regency, Flores Island of NTT, which is played by beating. However, the presence of Gong Waning's music in the ritual of death was not intended for all those who died in the village only limited to a certain age of 70 years and above. The method used is qualitative with an ethnographic approach. The results showed that; first; the meaning of the music spirituality of Gong Waning in the traditional ritual of the death of the Hewokloang people is a joy. Second: Gong Waning's music is only played for people who die at the age of 70 years and above is a symbol of LeroLebek (sunset), which is identical to the old age or resting phase. The 70-year standard is taken from the myth of the Hewokloang people about Seu Lape Pitu Lape Walu City means seven levels of the upper world and eight cities, which means heaven. Death which is paraded with music and dance in the Hewokloang tradition is identified with the death of the king.